Niall Matthews from Co Louth has been appointed as the new chair of Lakeland Dairies Co-op, having served as a board member since 2017.

He expressed his appreciation for the contribution of outgoing chair Alo Duffy and vice-chair Colin Kelso.

Niall Matthews said: “I am very honoured to be appointed chairman of Lakeland Dairies and on behalf of the board and members of the co-operative, I warmly acknowledge and express our appreciation for the ongoing contribution of both Alo Duffy and Colin Kelso to the growth and development of our society over many years and wish each of them continuing success in their dairying enterprises. “Working with the vice-chairman, board members, CEO and management of the co-operative, I look forward to the continuing strong progress of Lakeland Dairies.”

Andrew McHugh from Newtownforbes, Co Longford, has been appointed vice-chair, replacing Colin Kelso.

Alan McCay, Dunamanagh, Co. Tyrone, was re-elected Vice-Chairman, where there are two holders of this role on the Board. McCay joined the Board of Lakeland Dairies in 2019.